Gift of Endowed Public Interest Fellowship by College of Law Alumna

Photo of Linda Ferroli Stein, J.D.Profile: Linda Ferroli Stein, J.D., is a retired, general counsel, District 4, Florida Department of Transportation, Fort Lauderdale. A former parochial schoolteacher at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she dreamed as a child of being either a teacher or a lawyer. "I got to do both," she said.

Linda remarried in 2013 to Eric A. Stein, a retired naval commander. They are spending retirement traveling the world. Recently they visited the Panama Canal, Australia, New Zealand, Paris, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Niagara Falls, N.Y. Upcoming on their list: Alaska and Western Canada, a transatlantic cruise, a cruise to the Mediterranean, and a cruise to South America.

What Matters Most: Ferroli Stein always had an interest in public service. She worked part-time in local government during high school and then pursued a career as a teacher. After reaching a plateau in her teaching career, she decided to satisfy another passion tied to public service. "I went to law school," she said. While at the Shepard Broad College of Law, she worked in the law library and was the recipient of a Goodwin Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students. The fellowship more than satisfied her public service interests—she worked on elder law cases and ethics projects.

After graduating in 1984, she joined the firm where she had been clerking; but when the firm underwent a transition, she decided to leave. "Within a few months, I went to work for the State of Florida's Department of Transportation," Ferroli Stein said.

For the first 15 years, she was chief litigation attorney for DOT. For the next 12 years, she was general counsel for DOT until her retirement. "We had student externs working with us at the Department of Transportation from the law school's clinical program," she said. Ferroli Stein said that opportunity perfectly matched her interests—law and education. In addition to her J.D., she has a master's degree in educational administration from Indiana University. "I had plans of going from teaching into principalship, but I was a little before my time," she added.

After retirement from the State of Florida, Ferroli Stein said she was looking for a way to give back but also for a way to have her family name live on. "I'm an only child and my father's family name stops with me," she pointed out. So she created the Ferroli Family Foundation as a tribute, which will award scholarships to students in the Shepard Broad College of law who have a desire to pursue public interest law.

"When I was a law student, any financial assistance was of an immense value to me. Over the years I saved money for this gift. I felt if I could do something for a student in a similar situation, it would be a worthwhile endeavor for me," Ferroli Stein said. "I had it in mind for NSU to be the place for the foundation. NSU provided me with a quality education, a quality faculty, and was kind enough to help me when I needed it."


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